The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

Latinos more vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes: US study


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Latinos are more vulnerable to the most common form of diabetes because of how they store fat and produce insulin, according to a United States study published on Tuesday.

Latinos are more likely to store fat in the pancreas and less able to compensate by excreting additional insulin, said the study by experts at the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

The Type 2 diabetes study compared white, black and Latino patients, similarly overweight and with similar prediabetic symptoms.

Ms Lidia Szczepaniak of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Biomedical Imaging Research Institute said some people are at increased risk because their fatty pancreas is unable to secrete enough insulin.